Wheel centre caps - How to upgrade

10 years 8 months ago - 3 years 4 months ago #11569 by David Aiketgate
The centre caps of the MG's wheels are pretty faded so I decided to change the badges to spruce them up.

It's not rocket science, but it really does brighten up the wheels.

The badges are 44mm octagons and the originals are metal; glued into a recess in the centre cap itself.



To remove the old badge you need to insert a slim screwdriver or knife into the gap between the edge of the badge and the recess.



By carefully sliding the tool under the badge you can ease it away from the cap.



Once the badge has been removed, you will need to remove the remains of the adhesive from the recess. I used an abrasive paper and cleaned up with white spirit. Fortunately, the caps themselves were in good condition and once cleaned were ready for the new badges.



As`you can see from above, for some reason there is a raised letter 'M' in the recess. I rubbed that flat as well as removing the glue and roughening the area to take the new adhesive.

I purchased a set of black white and chrome badges from this ebay trader. He says he has other colours available, but I thought these would look good with the Anthracite paintwork.
HERE

The badges are a pretty good fit for the caps.



They do come with a self-adhesive backing but for added security I used a contact adhesive to coat the recess.
Once the adhesive was dry I pressed the new badge carefully into position.



Here you can see three of the finished caps with the old badges below in comparison.

A couple of pictures of the centre caps on the wheels.





I think they look pretty good.:yesnod:

David
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9 years 6 months ago #24457 by PQD44
Attention to detail, that's what I like to see.

I was looking at changing the centre caps but haven't got around to doing it. The few sellers on ebay I've seen make claims about how well their lacquered badges or vinyl badges last and say the others will yellow or fade.

What has been your experience with these badges and what finish did they have?

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9 years 6 months ago #24462 by David Aiketgate

PQD44 wrote: Attention to detail, that's what I like to see.

I was looking at changing the centre caps but haven't got around to doing it. The few sellers on ebay I've seen make claims about how well their lacquered badges or vinyl badges last and say the others will yellow or fade.

What has been your experience with these badges and what finish did they have?


They still look as good as when I fitted them. :yesnod:

David
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9 years 6 months ago #24469 by rayb
dave could you repost the link for the ebay seller, it would be good to know for future mods ... : ;)

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9 years 6 months ago - 9 years 6 months ago #24470 by David Aiketgate
Hang on, I'll find it again... :yesnod:
This is the guy.

David
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